DEATH ANGEL

Thrash Metal • United States
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Among the youngest bands ever to storm the metal genre, Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene in the early 1980s, an era when one could catch Cliff Burton (Metallica) at the front of the stage at Ruthie's Inn banging his head to Death Angel's inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements.

In 1986, a Death Angel demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled "Kill As One" sparked the interest of Enigma Records. Then, in 1987, Death Angel's debut, "The Ultra Violence," was released. Drummer Andy Galeon was just 14 years old at the time. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group's youthful energy, and "The Ultra Violence" sold 40,000 copies in just four months. Another innovative recording, "Frolic Through the Park," followed, marking Death Angel's evolution both
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HumanicideHumanicide
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Art of Dying & Killing SeasonArt of Dying & Killing Season
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The Evil Divide (CD/DVD)The Evil Divide (CD/DVD)
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DEATH ANGEL The Ultra-Violence album cover 3.85 | 18 ratings
The Ultra-Violence
Thrash Metal 1987
DEATH ANGEL Frolic Through the Park album cover 3.41 | 14 ratings
Frolic Through the Park
Thrash Metal 1988
DEATH ANGEL Act III album cover 3.86 | 24 ratings
Act III
Thrash Metal 1990
DEATH ANGEL The Art of Dying album cover 3.42 | 12 ratings
The Art of Dying
Thrash Metal 2004
DEATH ANGEL Killing Season album cover 3.92 | 11 ratings
Killing Season
Thrash Metal 2008
DEATH ANGEL Relentless Retribution album cover 3.95 | 20 ratings
Relentless Retribution
Thrash Metal 2010
DEATH ANGEL The Dream Calls for Blood album cover 4.39 | 11 ratings
The Dream Calls for Blood
Thrash Metal 2013
DEATH ANGEL The Evil Divide album cover 4.08 | 5 ratings
The Evil Divide
Thrash Metal 2016
DEATH ANGEL Humanicide album cover 4.14 | 3 ratings
Humanicide
Thrash Metal 2019

DEATH ANGEL EPs & splits

DEATH ANGEL Bored album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bored
Thrash Metal 1988
DEATH ANGEL Death Angel / Arsis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Angel / Arsis
Thrash Metal 2008
DEATH ANGEL Nuclear Blast Presents Thrash Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nuclear Blast Presents Thrash Metal
Thrash Metal 2008

DEATH ANGEL live albums

DEATH ANGEL Fall From Grace album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Fall From Grace
Thrash Metal 1990
DEATH ANGEL Sonic Beatdown - Live in Germany album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonic Beatdown - Live in Germany
Thrash Metal 2009
DEATH ANGEL The Bay Calls for Blood - Live in San Francisco album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bay Calls for Blood - Live in San Francisco
Thrash Metal 2015

DEATH ANGEL demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DEATH ANGEL Heavy Metal Insanity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Metal Insanity
Thrash Metal 1983
DEATH ANGEL Kill As One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kill As One
Thrash Metal 1985
DEATH ANGEL Bored album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bored
Thrash Metal 1989
DEATH ANGEL Death Angel / Exodus/ Destruction / Dew-Scented album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Angel / Exodus/ Destruction / Dew-Scented
Thrash Metal 2004

DEATH ANGEL re-issues & compilations

DEATH ANGEL Archives & Artifacts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Archives & Artifacts
Thrash Metal 2005
DEATH ANGEL Rarities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rarities
Thrash Metal 2005
DEATH ANGEL The Long Road Home album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Long Road Home
Thrash Metal 2007
DEATH ANGEL The Art Of Dying / Killing Season album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Art Of Dying / Killing Season
Thrash Metal 2013

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Cold Gin / Bored
Thrash Metal 1988
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A Room With A View
Thrash Metal 1990
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Sonic Beatdown
Thrash Metal 2008

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Sonic German Beatdown
Thrash Metal 2009
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A Thrashumentary
Thrash Metal 2015

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DEATH ANGEL Humanicide

Album · 2019 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
When the title track kicks off the album one starts to wonder if they are in the right place, as it is incredibly Maidenesque, but soon the interplay stops and the guitars are being riffed and again we are exactly where Death Angel want us to be, deep in the world of thrash. This is serious thrash metal, with loads going on with the carpal tunnel guitars, but just listen to Damien Sisson and what he is doing with the bass. He is providing counter melodies, nuances here and there, while at others he is firmly locked in with drummer Will Carroll to provide the heartbeat and foundation of the band. Simply put, this opening five minutes in some of the finest thrash one will ever come across, from a band who have been together in one form or another since 1982!

The guys jut refuse to let up from here on in, and although I loved their last album ‘The Evil Divide’ there is no doubt this one has seen them lift it to a new level. Each song contains real intensity and desire, as they show there is still real venom and passion in all they do. Here is a band who have stuck to their roots and have brought something which reminds me in many ways of Testament’s ‘Dark Roots of Earth’ in the way that it shows a classic band taking the movement to a new level. This is class from start to finish, with hooks, anthemic choruses, even the use of a piano, as they strive to drive the genre onwards and upwards.

Death Angel were there at the very beginning and show no signs whatsoever of slowing down or throwing in the towel. This isn’t a band who are going to keep touring the world living on past glories, but are creating new glories for a whole new generation of fans. Superb.

DEATH ANGEL The Evil Divide

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
For those unaware of their history, Death Angel were formed back in 1982 in San Francisco, and at one time every member of the band was a blood relative. Lead guitarist Rob Cavestany is the only person still there, and when he formed the band, he was only 14! Lead singer Mark Osegueda didn’t join until a few years later, but the two of them have appeared on every Death Angel release. They will probably always be best remembered for their 1987 debut ‘The Ultra-Violence’ and their third album, ‘Act III’, but Death Angel are one of those bands who don’t know what it is like to release a bad album. Apparently, they are seen as an influence by Metallica, shame we can’t say the same for those guys.

Second guitarist Ted Anguilar joined when the band reformed in 2001, while the rhythm section of Damien Sisson (bass), Will Carroll (drums) both joined in 2009, so by the time of this 2016 album they already had plenty of road miles plus some albums behind them. Guys, the word for the day is “thrash”, which has been associated with these guys throughout their whole career and they see no reason at all to change tack now. In 2018 I was fortunate enough to see these guys support Sepultura, and for me they were the band of the night. Old favourites were aired alongside numbers from this album such as opener “The Moth”, and they certainly stood up well among the likes of “Thrashers”. They know how to slow it down, such as on “Father of Lies” where there is a delicate and restrained bridge and guitar solo, but this is all about thrash metal and putting the hammer down, and when they do there are few who can touch them.

They may not have reached the heights of bands they inspired, but they have stayed true to the faith and this is yet another great example of Death Angel showing everyone they are still here and are refusing to go away, and if they want to use acoustic guitar to provide an emphasis they will!

DEATH ANGEL The Evil Divide

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"The Evil Divide" is the 8th full-length studio album by US, California based thrash metal act Death Angel. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in May 2016. It´s the successor to "The Dream Calls for Blood" from 2013 and features the same lineup as it´s predecessor. Rob Cavestany (guitars), Mark Osegueda (vocals), Ted Aguilar (guitars), Damien Sisson (bass), Will Carroll (drums).

Stylistically the music on "The Evil Divide" more or less continues the powerful thrash metal style of "The Dream Calls for Blood (2013)". Death Angel is an arch typical US thrash metal act and while they occasionally throw in some melodic singing and guitars, you pretty much know what you´re gonna get from the minute that "The Moth" opens the album. Razor sharp thrash metal riffing, a powerful pounding rhythm section, and Mark Osegueda´s raw powerful vocals in front. Osegueda is a top notch vocalist and his skills are beyond your regular staccato singing thrash metal singer. This guy can sing, and while he never applies mainstream oriented clean singing to the music on "The Evil Divide", there is always a melodic sensibility to the way he sings, and often also memorable melody lines featured in the music. The best example of this is probably the melodic and atmospheric "Lost", but it´s true for all tracks on the album.

The material on the 11 track, 50:31 minutes long album is well written and memorable. Two spins and I was able to remember each track on the album. That´s a pretty high catchiness factor for a thrash metal release. Highlights include "The Moth", "It Can't Be This", and "Breakaway" (great riot gang backing vocals on this one), but it´s actually a bit pointless mentioning highlights when the quality of the material is as consistently high as it is here. "The Evil Divide" also features a powerful, clear, and detailed sounding production, so upon conclusion it´s a high quality release through and through. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DEATH ANGEL The Dream Calls for Blood

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"The Dream Calls for Blood" is the 7th full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Death Angel. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in October 2013. "The Dream Calls for Blood" marks the point where the band have now released more albums after they reunited in 2001, than they did in their original run in the eighties/early nineties.

The music on the album is unmistakably the sound of Death Angel albeit with a slightly more aggressive edge than usual. The more aggressive direction was already initiated on "Relentless Retribution (2010)", but Death Angel turn it up a notch on "The Dream Calls for Blood". The music is incredibly intense, powerful and raw, but still with the distinct melodic sensibility that has always been a trademark in the band´s sound. Lead vocalist Mark Osegueda has a raw and aggressive delivery, but it´s obvious that he can do a lot more than sound rough. There´s always a half hidden melody in his vocal lines even when he is most raw sounding.

"Left for Dead" and "Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust" which bookend the album, are among the highlights on "The Dream Calls for Blood", but there are many strong tracks to pick from. The music is well balanced between fast thrashy riffing and heavier parts and features melodic solos and great rythm work. In fact I think I´ll give a special mention to drummer Will Carroll for his tight and powerful playing. He is one of those drummers that are capable of driving the music forward with every hit he makes.

I´m not surprised that Death Angel releases yet another great album, but "The Dream Calls for Blood" delivers more than what I expected. It´s an incredibly powerful and well produced album and if you like your thrash metal the Bay Area way, don´t pass this one by. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

DEATH ANGEL The Dream Calls for Blood

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
It’s hard to think when playing this to remember that ‘The Ultra-Violence’ came out in 1987, but here in 2013 these guys show no sign at all of slowing down. Death Angel have a very simple approach, plug in, turn it up to the max, and then thrash as if their very lives depend on it. They have been spending a lot of time on the road recently and this definitely comes through on this album as the time on the road combined with the continuity of membership plus using the same engineer and producer as 2010’s ‘Relentless Retribution’ has definitely paid off. Bringing together the best of Megadeth and Raven, this is thrash that in many ways is what the band were producing more than 20 years ago. They are just refusing to let time slow then down in any way at all, and all power to them for that.

This is a very simple album to review – if you like thrash metal in any way at all, then you will love this as it has everything you could possibly want from that genre, with great vocals to boot. Metal rarely gets much better than this.

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